I’m very saddened to hear the SPLC can’t differentiate between extremism and legitimate criticism.
Maajid Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali are activists. Not Islamophobes. And in the case of Ayaan, she even has a legitimate reason to be afraid of the violence Islamic extremism perpetrates, seeing as she’s a victim of FGM herself. While Maajid is, in fact still a muslim himself.
Baffling. And what’s worse is that half the reasoning the SPLC claims for adding them to their list has nothing to do with what they say about Islam, and is just plain character assassination and irrelevant to whether or not they should be labeled anti-islamic extremists.
Now, while I support nearly all the SPLC’s work, and applaud their many victories and great work, I can’t bring myself to donate to them anymore. They are officially doubling down, and won’t reconsider. So until they get their heads out of their asses on this one, I have to donate to a different cause doing the same type of work.
Really, I’m shocked and saddened and it’s just one more betrayal in a week full of them now. The SPLC is better than this.